Tripura: BJP’s ally IPFT to reprise demands for separate tribal state, NRC

Ruling BJP’s ally, IPFT, in Tripura will restart its agitation to press for its decade-old demand for a separate state for tribals in the state

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IANS

Ruling BJP ally, IPFT, in Tripura will restart its agitation from Wednesday, December 5, to press for its decade-old demand for a separate state for the tribals in Tripura, confirms a party leader

The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) as part of its agitations would observe a 12-hour shut down in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas.

It will also hold a sit-in demonstration in Delhi on Tuesday December 11 and submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh detailing the party's demands, the tribal leader said.

"The IPFT and its seven frontal organisations have called for the strike on Wednesday in the TTAADC areas in support of the party's long pending demands," IPFT's spokesman and Assistant General Secretary Mangal Debbarma told the media.

Its worth noting that the IPFT has been agitating since 2009 for a separate state (Tipraland)to be carved out by upgrading the TTAADC

The other demands include introduction of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Tripura, withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, introduction of inner-line permit in the TTAADC areas and inclusion of tribals' Kokborok language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.

Its worth noting that the IPFT has been agitating since 2009 for a separate state (Tipraland) to be carved out by upgrading the TTAADC, which has a jurisdiction over two-thirds of the state's 10,491 sq km area, home to over 12,16,000 people.

In the nine-member council of ministry, there are two IPFT ministers -- Revenue Minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma (IPFT President) and Tribal Welfare and Forest Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia (General Secretary).

Meanwhile, another tribal based party -- Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) -- has also called a road and rail blockade in Tripura on December 10 on almost the same lines.

The state's oldest tribal-based political party, INPT, as well as the ruling BJP, opposition Congress and Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front have, however, been opposed to IPFT's separate statehood demand.

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